July 31, 2016 Subject:
Worth a listen
Try this on a Sunday morning. Excellent Rosalie Mcfall. Make sure the kids wear earmuffs for "stage banter," though, because Jerry curses out a heckler. And listen to Jerry's voice on "Swing Low.." and "Hear A Voice A Callin"!
July 30, 2012 Subject:
not too bad for a 1970 acoustic recording.
The sound on this isn't horrible, compared to other acoustic shows from this era. yes the bass is loud and the vocals are a tad oversaturated. But the performance is great. I wish it was a longer set. Limitations of the sound quality put this at 3 stars
July 30, 2011 Subject:
Bass way too loud,
muddy, and fuzzy, making my speakers shake, and my head hurt. There's also lots of high end and not much middle. Couldn't enjoy Jerry's picking with all that distraction and noise.
July 25, 2011 Subject:
a neat little set
Absolutely love this fileset. Sit back, relax, enjoy some country and gospel music, drinking beer with friends.
October 13, 2010 Subject:
This is the first To Lay Me Down. Worth it for that alone. Sound is a tiny bit muddy from too-loud bass, but this is still essential acoustic material.
July 30, 2010 Subject:
Like clouds a-streaming...
Well at least we still got the acoustic set, the most important part of a '70 show in my opinion, and they play just excellent. A great To Lay Me Down, and you always gotta love their gospel numbers.
July 24, 2009 Subject:
Every rose has thorns
Excellent acoustic songs but there are some sound problems. Also the banter and minutes between songs does not really add anything. To Lay Me Down is beautiful as always and rosalie as well. Interesting to hear swing low sweet chariot. Good vocals, good guitar, decent sound.
I stopped to listen to this because there were 1969 previous "viewers" of this directory. So this 1970th 1970 show was calling me and was worth the visit. It is short and sweet -- the Dead are deep in their folksy-acoustic moment of 1970. "To Lay Me Down" is downright lovely -- a beautiful, lyrical rendition, and the sequence of three songs, "Rosalie McFall," "I Hear a Voice Calling" and "Swing Low" reveals a folksy post-psychedelic Dead that is refreshingly simple and straighforward, compared not only to their concurrent electric work but to the elaborate, brilliant, albeit somewhat predictable first set-second set format that would emerge in '72 and dominate their approach for the rest of their days.
In short, this little lovely sequence embodies a low-key, relaxed and laid-back joy. Despite some lively banter mid-sequence, this show has a subdued almost reverent quality, especially compared to the lively boisterous acoustic sets of Spring-Summer 1970 -- the famous Harpur College (DP 8) in May of the year comes to mind. Very good sequence -- not mind-blowing or sublime -- but just darn enjoyable.
January 3, 2006 Subject:
Nice little snippet
Worth hearing - Quality is great. Rosalie McFall is such a great song pity they did not play that more.
October 25, 2005 Subject:
Show is incorrect.
According to different sources, this is not the show listed. On July 30th, 1970, it wasnt the Dead that played, rather it was the New Riders of the Purple Sage (A jerry side project) and the set list of the july 30th show at the matrix was the following
Set 1: Hello Trouble, Glendale Train, Kaw-Liga, Salin', Lodi
Set 2: Superman, Down in the Boondocks, Cecilia, The bottle let me down, I'll come runnin' back to you, Live and Let Live, Garden of Eden, The Race is On*, Cathy's Clown*, El Paso*, Mama Tried*, Louisiana Baby, Me and Bobby McGee* and Honky Tonk Woman.
The Matrix shows were hard to label correctly because the boys got together a lot there to experiment with pigpen etc. to check out the sounds. Lots of recordings were made and many were mislabeled. I guess thats what happens when you try to record on major LSD. They are, however, the best of the dead. No other shows show their mastery of the genre. No Comparrison.
April 29, 2005 Subject:
To Lay Me Down, a beautiful song, and a good first version of it! It says soundboard, and it is clear, but there are certainly some sound issues. It's a good solid set, and though I give it 4 stars, if you're just looking for a good acoustic Dead set, there are better ones to be found.